What is Beauty?
This is a re-post from last year. My thoughts on what I consider beautiful haven't changed much over the past year. Re-reading this post I believe this more than ever. Enjoy!
A few weeks ago I spotted People Magazine's Most Beautiful Woman edition. You know the one with Sandra Bullock gracing the cover looking all doe-eyed and fresh. I remember thinking two things as I was standing in line at Target a. god she looks good for her age (well any age really) and b. of course she looks good because it's obviously been airbrushed. Needless to say she came home with me anyway.
I don't know about you but this whole Mercury in Retrograde is really messing me up. Yesterday I was just feeling off and had a major case of writer's block. That was until I remembered my doe-eyed friend taking up residence on my nightstand. What better way to find inspiration for a beauty blog than a magazine that's focused on all things beautiful, right?
As I flipped through the magazine a multitude of faces stared back at me. There were some younger than myself, some around the same age and still some much older than me but were all considered beautiful by today's standards. Then I came across Helen Mirren. I absolutely adore her! For me personally she embodies what I think a woman should be - strong, intelligent, feminine and witty. Yes she's also beautiful but it wasn't her looks that captured my attention, it was her words that had me singing her praises.
She spoke about her objection to the traditional definitions of the words 'beauty' and 'sexy' and how the vast majority of humanity doesn't even fit into those categories. How we should seek out alternatives such as appealing, striking, alluring and engaging. She said living with generosity and kindness is what's truly beautiful.
To say I admired the woman even more is an understatement. Here was a woman who just gets it. After reading the rest of the magazine I was feeling empowered, recharged and proud to be a woman. And by the way, the interview with Sandra was great! (I take back the airbrushing comment)
Fast forward to today when all that came to a screeching halt. As I was perusing through my usual blogging watering holes I came across an article that stopped me dead in my tracks. It was an article about getting older and the writer made a statement that as we get older, the more necessary it becomes for us (women) to wear foundation.
First off, what a bunch of horse manure! Second most women I know actually wear less foundation than their once younger selves, and third it got me wondering what in the world did she classify as older - 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s? So basically when we're "older" we're just supposed to cover it all up in fear being put out to pasture because no one wants to bear witness to a woman getting older? Trust me when I say there are WAY worse things in the world than to be concerned about seeing a woman's naked aging face! GASP!
Let's face it: we're all going to get older because that's just how nature works. I mean it's all relative really. My mom is 69, older than me. I'm 39, older than my 16 year old niece. But that doesn't necessarily mean I think of my mom or myself as being "old". No way no how!
You might be wondering what I think about getting older. I think age is all just a state of mind. And what do I consider beautiful? Well, let me tell you.
My man tells me I'm beautiful every single day. And he's not just talking about how I look. Yes he thinks I'm physically beautiful but he also finds my laugh, my smile and my mind just as attractive. He tells me I'm beautiful first thing when I wake up all the way until I go to sleep at night. I think beauty is a state of mind. It's more about how we feel than how we look. He makes me feel appreciated and loved every single day. And he has never asked or wanted anything of me besides my company. And that to me is a beautiful thing.
What is your definition of beauty? Are you growing older on your own terms or by society's?
Let me know in the comments below!